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CIP Use Case for Svalbard Vault

Labels documentation for Svalbard global seed vault.

Mr. James Godfrey in Svalbard to represent CIP (2008)


Label requirements for Svalbard vault



Minimum Temperature Resistance

-20 C


Indoors, up to 20 years

Surface condition


Surface shape


Surface applied to

Plastic and aluminium


Label and print image specifications to conform with Svalbard vault requirements


Label Specifications:



Adhesive type


Media type

Label with adhesive of PVC Polyester

Ribbon type


Print Specifications:



Print type

Thermal transfer

Printer type

Thermal printer

Printer model

Zebra Z4M plus or Zebra ZM400

Barcode Specifications:



Barcode type

2D - DataMatrix


Label Applications Images


Image 1 (2008)

Image 2 (2008)

Image 3 (2014)

Label format

Label type 1, for the outside of plastic box


Label type 2, for the inside of plastic box



Label type 3, for grouping seed envelopes


Labels type 4, for seed envelopes







Frequently asked questions



1. Why use thermal transfer ?

  • Thermal transfer is used for high durability, long-lasting labeling applications.
  • Thermal-transfer printing produces long-life image stability.
  • Thermal printers are typically built more durably than dot matrix, ink jet, or laser printers, allowing
    reliable operation in different environments.

2. Barcode typology?

  • 2 Dimension - DataMatrix

3. What is a ribbon ?

In thermal-transfer printing, the printhead heats a ribbon, which melts the image onto the material.